Josh Gorges hasn't played since Feb. 10. It's looking like he might not play again until October.
Gorges, who has been battling through a lower-body injury, is close to being shut down for the season.
"It’s leaning that way, but we’ll see in the next little bit here," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Friday. "He’s getting final information. He’ll make a final decision in probably 24 to 48 hours."
Nolan will make another change on the Sabres' blue line for Friday night's game against the Rangers, sitting Nikita Zadorov and inserting Tyson Strachan.
"We found he’s getting a little overwhelmed lately, so we’re going to give him a day off," Nolan said of Zadorov. "In order for the proper development to take place, you can’t keep putting him and keep putting him. You have to sit back and watch and learn. He’s a 19-year-old kid."
Michal Neuvirth will start in goal for the Sabres, while New York will give rookie Mackenzie Skapski his NHL debut.
"Everyone remembers their first game, and we’re going to work with him real hard so he can have a good one," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said in First Niagara Center.
The news conference audio of Nolan and Vigneault is below.